53 days in Asia Itinerary

53 days in Asia Itinerary

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53 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  28 h
1
Urumqi, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  13 h 45 min
2
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 10 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Bus + Fly:  9 h
4
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
12
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Charlotte, United States

2
nights
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll around Red Mountain, see the interesting displays at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then get engrossed in the history at Silk Route Musem of Xinjiang Uygur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianshan Mountains and then take some stellar pictures from Heavenly Lake of Tianshan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Urumqi holiday planner.

Charlotte, USA to Urumqi is an approximately 28- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is 13 hours. agosto in Urumqi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. You will leave for Karakol on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Heavenly Lake of Tianshan ©
Heavenly Lake of Tianshan
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©
Red Mountain ©
Red Mountain

10
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cholpon Ata (Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata & Abandoned Runway), Radon Springs Djuuku (in Saruu) and Tosor (Canyon Skazka & Canyon Fairy Tale). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Karakol Peak, take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), and head outdoors with Merzbacher Lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Karakol trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urumqi to Karakol. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Kirgizstan Time (KGT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Tosor, Kaji-Say, Cholpon Ata, Radon Springs Djuuku
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

5
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, make a trip to Victory Square, walk around Panfilov Park, and take an in-depth tour of State History Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek journey planning tool.

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In agosto, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

4
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Kazybek Bi, admire the striking features of Eternal Flame, and see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum.

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Getting from Bishkek to Karaganda by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bishkek in septiembre, with highs in Karaganda at 66°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
Central Park of Culture and Rest ©
Central Park of Culture and Rest
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev

5
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and make a splash at Family Rest Center Ailand.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in septiembre, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nur-Sultan, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Kok-Tobe Hill, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Almaty tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in septiembre: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 77°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

3
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip maker website.

Fly from Almaty to Ashgabat in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Ashgabat is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Almaty in septiembre, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Ashgabat National Museum of History ©
Ashgabat National Museum of History
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

5
nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
When in Bukhara, make a side trip to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, approximately Gijduvan away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum.

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Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in septiembre, Bukhara is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Palace of Bukhara Emirs, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, gain insight at Ulugbek Madrasah, and steep yourself in history at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In septiembre, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, then admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Khiva trip builder tool.

You can fly from Samarkand to Khiva in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Samarkand in octubre, expect Khiva to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

1
day
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 4th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tashkent day trip planner.

You can fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokmok.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

1
night
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

Tokmok ©
Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Kol-Tor Lake and then take in panoramic vistas at Burana Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Kegety Gorge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokmok vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Tashkent to Tokmok with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time to Kirgizstan Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokmok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kol-Tor Lake
Highlights from your plan
Kol-Tor Lake ©
Kol-Tor Lake
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower

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